Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz is a playwright and TV/film writer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She has an original series in development with Lionsgate and Peacock (co-created with Sarah Blush) – an erotic thriller/stoner romcom. She earned three Writers Guild nominations for her work on two seasons of FX’s Emmy Nominated THE BEAR and Hulu’s THE DROPOUT and a win for THE BEAR for Outstanding...
Sofya Levitsky-Weitz is a playwright and TV/film writer who splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She has an original series in development with Lionsgate and Peacock (co-created with Sarah Blush) – an erotic thriller/stoner romcom. She earned three Writers Guild nominations for her work on two seasons of FX’s Emmy Nominated THE BEAR and Hulu’s THE DROPOUT and a win for THE BEAR for Outstanding Comedy Series. She has also written for GASLIT on Starz and is currently serving as a writer/producer for a new Netflix limited series about the origin of Twitter. She has projects in development with OBB and Hat Trick Productions and has worked on multiple features with Michael Showalter including The Eyes of Tammy Faye. As a playwright, Sofya’s work has been developed in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. Her play this party sucks (on the 2019 Kilroy’s List) is optioned for the stage/film & TV rights by Mark Gordon Pictures and will be commercially produced in the coming year. Most recently, her play be mean to me was produced at Northwestern University for their theatrical season and she was a guest artist in summer 2023 at Chautauqua Theatre Festival with her play Cannabis Passover (2020 O’Neill Finalist). She has been a 2018-2019 Jerome Fellow and 2019-2022 Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and is an alum of the Obie Award winning collective EST/Youngblood. She is a MacDowell Fellow and has been in residence at Barn Arts and TOFTE Lake. She is also an upcoming panelist for the 2023 Austin Film Festival. She got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage from Northwestern University, where she now serves on the Advisory Board.

Plays

  • flinching
    Four high school students take an increasingly invasive acting class with a charismatic teacher. Thirteen years later, they must reckon with their adolescence and the ways they play acted their future selves. Soon, time and circumstances become blurry as they begin to play act their past selves and confront their own identities, sexualities, the performance of desire, and the very nature of theatre itself. How...
    Four high school students take an increasingly invasive acting class with a charismatic teacher. Thirteen years later, they must reckon with their adolescence and the ways they play acted their future selves. Soon, time and circumstances become blurry as they begin to play act their past selves and confront their own identities, sexualities, the performance of desire, and the very nature of theatre itself. How do you make art without harm? And who forms our desires?
  • fire ants (co written with Lily Houghton)
    A young woman, and older woman, a garden, a fairy land, and a crisis of imagination.
  • Cannabis Passover
    A family gathers for their annual Passover seder in a rented house on a remote beach, this time with a new guest. As they perform the rituals, joke, provoke, argue, and imbibe, the lines between comic and tragic, sacred and mundane, ancient and everyday start to blur. On this night, right now, what does it mean to repair the world?
  • be mean to me
    We're 17, 27, and 17 again. We’re on your parents' couch, we’re at a concert, we’re drunk, we're finally getting our lives together. You're so far away, you’re a stranger, I'm so high, I love you, I'll always be your best friend. Friendship is a graveyard, your backyard, a haunted house.
  • this party sucks
    Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality,...
    Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality, asking us to examine what it means to love and be loved, to create and be created.
  • Gehinnom
    A middle-aged man meets his biological mother for the first time in hopes that he will learn the identity of his biological father. Almost 50 years earlier, a pregnant 16 year old is enclosed in an apartment by her parents to wait to give birth to a baby who will be immediately put up for adoption. In the center of it all, a rumination on Hell and shame. Gehinnom attempts a structure similar to the Talmud, the...
    A middle-aged man meets his biological mother for the first time in hopes that he will learn the identity of his biological father. Almost 50 years earlier, a pregnant 16 year old is enclosed in an apartment by her parents to wait to give birth to a baby who will be immediately put up for adoption. In the center of it all, a rumination on Hell and shame. Gehinnom attempts a structure similar to the Talmud, the concentric circles of commentary surrounding the Torah, and explores faith, abuse, modern and ancient Judaism, motherhood, gender and the lies we tell ourselves and our families.
  • Intuitive Men
    Two men communicate through thoughts in an intuitive yoga class, increasingly questioning their own shame, self-worth and pride.
  • The Beauty Book
    Delia lives in a tin trailer in the Arizona desert and longs to travel to Los Angeles to publish her manifesto on Beauty. When her estranged son Peter buys her a plane ticket, she moves in with him and his wife Sandra, who’s pregnant with their first child. As Delia and Sandra form a closer bond, Peter’s hatred for his mother resurfaces, and their fragile new life begins to implode.
  • The Ribbed
    Elvis is a musician who lives in the past. Valerie is a lawyer who can’t shake the feeling that her life isn’t quite right. When Elvis meets a young girl (Emmylou) with a baby outside of a bar, he invites her to stay with them. She barrels into the couples’ lives, disrupting them immeasurably. Eventually, Valerie’s complicated friendship with Emmylou empowers her to blow up the life that hasn’t yet served her....
    Elvis is a musician who lives in the past. Valerie is a lawyer who can’t shake the feeling that her life isn’t quite right. When Elvis meets a young girl (Emmylou) with a baby outside of a bar, he invites her to stay with them. She barrels into the couples’ lives, disrupting them immeasurably. Eventually, Valerie’s complicated friendship with Emmylou empowers her to blow up the life that hasn’t yet served her. But what is the cost of doing what you want?
  • The Gleaming
    Baby Toby died before he was born; now, he waits for online updates from his teenage parents. Meanwhile, he must navigate his dead grandfather’s unsolicited warnings about their bizarre reality. However, when Baby Toby discovers a dangerous method of communication, he must examine what it really means to connect, and how indestructible data relates to human mortality.